Tolstoy and Vegetarianism

Tolstoy noted the following in his “Confession”: “I have everything that is typically understood to constitute wellbeing. But I suddenly realized that I do not know why I need all of this and what is the point of my life.” Leo Tolstoy loved to hunt since childhood, ever since his father taught him to hunt. His favorite quarries were bear and fowl, and he loved to go […]

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Cherchez la femme

In the late 1880s – early 1890s Tolstoy was very busy with works of art and articles on sexual love. In this time period he wrote “The Kreutzer Sonata”, “Afterword”, articles “On the relations between the sexes” and the beginning of “Father Sergius”. At the same time, Tolstoy extensively wrote about this theme in his letters to different persons, mostly to V. G. Chertkov. He wrote a […]

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Leo Tolstoy personal diary

In his diary Leo defines his numerous weaknesses. Going through the records, he summarizes his past and values it ruthlessly and critically. “Let us see what is my personality. I am ugly awkward, uncleanly, and, in the worldly sense, uneducated; I am irritable, a bore to others, rude, intolerant, and as bashful as a child. I am almost completely ignorant. What I do know I have learned anyhow, […]

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Tolstoy family coat of arms

The illustrious antecedents of the Tolstoy name are memorialized by the attributes of the family’s coat of arms: the center of the shield features a square frame with crossed saber and stirrups passing through the ring of a golden key. In the square on the lower right, we see seven towers with upturned crescents, representing Constantinople’s seven-towered Yedikule Fortress, thus making reference to the diplomatic service of […]

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